Monday, 12 July 2010

Composed Armed Officers

Have you ever been in the company of someone who has killed a wasp. Then you find out that someone else in your company is shocked by this action as the wasp was a living creature and deserved respect. There are so many other methods of removing a wasp without hitting it with newspaper and some methods will keep it alive. These two people don't usually become firm friends.

Raoul Moat has made headlines for more than a week. There are so many points to be made and I am sure he will make headlines for days to come, but the one small aspect that I want to highlight comes from the photographs of the policemen whose guns were aimed at him. I don't have a photo so let me describe one face. Levator labii superioris alaeque nasi happens to be the longest name of a muscle in the body. If you understand Latin then you will already know that I am talking about the muscle that raises the nose and the upper lip. Try it on one side of your face and you may be thinking of Elvis. Now really exagerate the use of this muscle if you can. I can only use this muscle on the right side of my face. You will now appreciate the expression of one of the policemen with guns.

I don't know about you but I don't expect professional sharpshooters to be photographed with such expressions. There will be questions asked as to the role of the Tasers but if a Taser did hit him and he had the gun pointed to his head then it may not be the case that the Taser prevented him killing himself, it might be the cause. It may well be the case that he was a violent man with malicious intent. It may be the case that the safety of others was paramount but if some people can get worked up about a wasp then you can be sure that there will be plenty of people upset by these events.

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